What will flying be like 85 years from now? A lot better than it is now, it would be safe to bet. Faster? Certainly. More frills? Hard to say, the way things have been going lately. More leg room? There had better be. Finnair has been giving it some thought, and have revealed their conclusions as part of their 85th anniversary celebration.
In Departure 2093: Five Visions on Future Flying, experts from different fields discuss future prospects for flight. The collection of short essays asks questions like 'What will the world be like in 85 years?' It asks whether we might be fusing our brains with computers, and using tiny personal airplane cars.
'Will there be a return to elegance of flying?' asks Atte Korhola, professor of environmental change at the University of Helsinki. 'No other form of travel has encompassed so many dreams and romanticism as the human aspiration to fly.'
Faced with environmental crises, will we be flying in airplanes fueled by marine algae or hydrogen? Will we be traveling in personal pods that get loaded onto planes? Will we be spending more time in the air, to avoid the problems we've created on land?
Will airplanes become cruise ships in the sky? Will we be routinely flying into space? It's all up in the air until we find out for sure in 2093 (well, some of us…), but until then the website is certainly thought-provoking. RM
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